New York-based Drowners are not ones to shy away from their influences. With their Casablancas-style vocals and jangly Johnny Marr-esque guitar riffs, it’s no wonder they’re often described as a mix between The Strokes and The Smiths. Even their band name is an homage to Britpop legends Suede.
Of course, the UK influence becomes abundantly clear when you find out frontman Matt Hitt—who also moonlights as a model— originally hails from South Wales. Shortly after he made the move to New York City, he met his band mates and bonded over their love of “sad pop songs.” Their self-titled debut album is unapologetically transatlantic (seriously, just take a look at their band logo), seamlessly infusing garage rock with 80’s indie pop.
By Karen Ho
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